Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2008/12/17

Q.

Smoking

Hi ' m smoking about 2 sigarettes per day. I never smoke near the baby i always smoke outside and i wash my hands and change my clothes before coming near my baby. The only problem is that i breastfeed. Can the nicotine get to the baby? If it does i will quit. And can smoking make your milk supply less?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Yes smoking can affect your breast milk supply. Small amounts of nicotine pass into your breastmilk and may affect your baby. Common symptoms include colic and restlessness. Babies of smoking mothers are also more susceptible to chest infections.

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